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School Travel Plans and Grants
The Virginia SRTS Program offers several funding options:
- QuickStart Non-infrastructure Activities
Have a small activity or program in mind? Look into our Quickstart Mini-grants for $1,000 to get it going. Details on this program are available on the QuickStart Mini-grant page.
Note: Schools that have received mini-grants within the past six months are ineligible to reapply. In cases where the number of applications exceeds the award amount available, preference will be given to applications that focus on walking or biking safety or specifically encourage on walking and biking to and from school.
Activities and Programs Projects
VDOT will accept applications for Activities and Programs Projects (non-infrastructure grants) by December 17, 2013. Applications must include a VDOT-approved SRTS Activities and Programs Plan.
Activities and Programs projects include education, encouragement, and enforcement activities intended to affect student or driver behavior, and evaluation activities to monitor impacts of the SRTS program. A SRTS Activities and Programs Plan (SRTS APP) is required for activities and programs funding requests through the VDOT SRTS Program. Visit the SRTS Activities and Programs page for the Guide, Template and grant application information.
Note: QuickStart Mini-grant awardees are eligible to apply for a non-infrastructure grant.
- Infrastructure Grants and Projects
The infrastructure portion of the SRTS Program is now part of VDOT’s Local Assistance Division’s (LAD) Transportation Alternative Program. Funding is available through a grant application process beginning in July 2013. The LAD will accept applications for Transportation Alternatives funding through November 1, 2013. More information is available on the LAD website. The Local Assistance Division held four Applicant Workshops during August 2013. Contact the LAD if you were unable to attend one of these workshops and would like more information on the TAP application.
Click here for a list of infrastructure projects awarded since 2007.
Student Travel Tally Week: September 16 to 20, 2013
Student Travel Tally Week is the time each school year when schools count how students travel to school. The count occurs at the beginning of the school day on two days with a simple show of hands by students. Evaluation is one the most important elements of any safe routes to school program because it measures the most basic success of the program – the number of students walking and biking to school.
All schools are encouraged to participate, regardless of whether you have a SRTS program, are about to start one, or plan to apply for SRTS funding this fall. Participating provides you with some great information and helps us know how students get to school throughout the Commonwealth.
More information is available on the new Student Travel Tally Week page.